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FIELD REPRESENTATIVES We made it through January with some of the best weather we’ve seen in a long time and one of the best markets we’ve seen in a long long time! Normally, January is a drawn out month because of bad weather and the market usually struggles, but not this year! As we head into February, this market is rollin’. Because of the snow, we didn’t have many cattle this week but they were extremely higher. If they were the kind that could go to grass, there’s no telling how high they could go because the Futures for summer, like August, is up there at 1.84 to 1.85; September at 1.86 to 1.87. So there will be a high demand for these grazing cattle. If you are fortunate enough to have some of those, you are in the driver’s seat! The feeder cattle market is really good for the way the

corn prices are. The only way to get it any better is to get the price of fat cattle higher out there in the summer time for June, July, and August. Right now, they are up there around $1.40. It will continue to be about the cost of gain as we go along. The slaughter cow market is on fire just like it usually is in February. We’ve seen those cows bring up there in the .80’s and even as high as the .90’s on some of them. Everything looks awful good from the market standpoint. As we head into spring, we see some good weather with a little moisture and get those crops growing…and hopefully nothing unforeseen to kick it in the head….I’m bullish for the year! Good luck and God bless!



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Industry News 8 I Shouting from the Rooftops 9 I Vaccine Protection Comes Through in Tough Weather 12 I Input Costs are a Concern for Cattle Producers in 2022 13 I New Director Joins Southwest Research Center 40 I KOMA Beef Cattle Conference 41 I Spring Online Beef Cattle Workshop Management Matters 14 I Calfhood Health and Immunity Starts With the Dam 16-17 I Evaluating Your Feed Costs 18-19 I Building Longevity in Cow Herds 38-39 I Crossbreeding as a Tool to Increase Profit Potential Trending Now Other 10-11 I Netwrap and Twine 7 20 I Cattle Industry Downsizes 23 22-23 I Protect Your Profits 26 24 I Disaster Awareness Planning 32 30-31 I While the Sun is Shining 41 34 I Beef Exports and Demand 45 36-37 I The Importance of FFA Week


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Same Goal, New Tools By Justin Sexten for Cattlemen’s News The goal of improving sustainability is a common refrain across animal agriculture these days. There are few organizations who haven’t made some claim toward making strides in this area. Janette Barnard’s most recent Prime Future newsletter highlighted how products directed at solving big picture claims like sustainability do little to communicate their ability to face the daily challenges of agricultural operations. “Everything is the Enemy of Something’’ showcased the opportunity agricultural technology companies have to communicate specific aspects of broad brush claims while they deliver the practical solutions to everyday production challenges. A recent review article in Animals by Dr. Giuseppe Pulina and his Italian research team reinforced this idea from a management perspective when they outlined key technologies needed for a sustainable and profitable beef industry. For many outside the day-to-day, improved beef system sustainability is environmental – the vision of the pastoral setting of cows converting green grass into beef doesn’t get much more sustainable. However when we break sustainability down to the operational goal of optimizing resources, we realize increased productivity per cow and optimum stocking rate per acre are the actual problems we need to address. The Italian research team highlighted this and many other key goals. This article will focus on their discussion on the need to prioritize reproductive efficiency. When you consider the amount of energy used to maintain the beef herd, the binary nature of successful reproductive outcomes can impact productivity in a far greater way than increasing growth. Consider the goal of weaning 40% of the cow’s mature weight. On an individual level this goal doesn’t seem so lofty. For the average 1,300 pound cow that is a 520 pound calf, a reasonable compromise with a mix of steer and heifer calves. However, when we consider this on a herd model, small changes start to add up quickly. Let’s assume a 93% pregnancy rate, 95% calving rate and 98% weaning rate, and suddenly a 600 pound average weaning weight is required to achieve our goal at the herd level. Feedlot closeouts with deads in-and-out comparisons provide a clear illustration to cattle feeders – the cost of death loss to production efficiency. Reproductive losses to the cow herd are certainly not ignored by ranchers, but the cumulative impact on production efficiency is often lost due to the long time interval from turnout to realizing the success or failure of that mating opportunity 16 months later. Everyone who has ever warmed up a newborn calf in the truck, bathtub or mudroom fully appreciates what each calf 6

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represents. These experiences provide immediate feedback on the management needed to maintain a high calving rate and ultimately increased weaning rates. The longer term management decisions highlighted by Dr. Pulina’s team were a review of proven and novel technologies to consider as we enter the heart of calving season with breeding just a few months away. With weaning as a fixed event, cows that calve early in the breeding season wean older and generally heavier calves. Early conception is clearly a more productive end goal. Additionally, the authors highlighted earlier calving offers longer postpartum recovery and the potential for shorter calving intervals. For cows that consistently reproduce, having an average calving interval under a year is a key performance metric. The authors also reviewed the increased productivity shown in the twinning focused research herds from U.S. Meat Animal Research Center several years ago. Also suggested was a model where cows are finished alongside their first calf. Both models provided increased productivity over the conventional model. While adoption of these novel models is low due to system challenges, Dr. Pulina and team highlighted the foundation these systems are built upon is a fertile female, specifically one that is early to puberty. The ability to develop replacements using minimal resources yet still express puberty at a year of age was key to shortening the unproductive period. Historically, selecting heifers born in the first half of the calving season was the best predictor of fertility, leveraging the cow’s ability to breed early. Today, we have genomic tests to evaluate the future productivity of a heifer before we spend the first dollar on development. Technology offers the opportunity to place selection pressure on key fertility traits without having to select the biggest heifers that may ultimately drive increased mature size. Optimal mature size was also highlighted as a path to future sustainability. The Italian group highlighted midwestern research where cow herds with smaller mature size were optimally stocked to increase per acre productivity. Large mature sizes place increased stress on the 40% weaning weight goal and reproductive success especially in non-average years where resources are limited. A cow herd selected for reproduction, sized to match the environment are certainly not novel ideas. The ability to place selection pressure toward these sustainability goals is increasingly helped by advancements in precision livestock farming. Technology continues to advance the genomic and reproductive management toolbox to provide ranchers the opportunity to not only make faster progress but also reduce development inputs.

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Shouting from the Rooftops By Chris Chinn, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Many of you have heard Governor Parson and I talk about agriculture as the state’s top economic driver. We are both involved in production agriculture on a daily basis and we love it. We want to shout its merits from the rooftops. Because we are the Show Me State, it is important that we have some figures to back up those comments and quantify the incredible contribution our favorite industry has on Missouri. The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) funded a study through Decision Innovation Solutions. Results were announced just before the holidays, and we touched on the major findings during the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture in November. Agriculture, forestry and related industries have seen some challenging times, no doubt, but the study shows these industries remain a significant part of Missouri’s economy. The study includes farm level production, plus the first round of value added to that commodity. For instance, in addition to the production of livestock and poultry, the study also includes the industries that process them. Similarly, the study analyzed forestry production, as well as sawmills In 2021, agriculture, forestry and related industries in Missouri are estimated to contribute: • $93.7 billion in output • $34.9 billion in value added • 456,618 jobs Of the total value added and jobs derived from agriculture, forestry and related industries: • Livestock production and relation industries contributed: o $9.5 billion value added o 155,425 jobs • Crop production and related industries contributed: o $5.4 billion value added o 81,095 jobs • Forestry and related industries contributed: o $4.9 billion value added o 52,690 jobs • Other agriculture industries contributed: o $15 billion in value added o 167,409 jobs To offer some additional perspective, the Missouri Department of Agriculture conducted the same study in 2016. Results show a significant increase in contribution: • Output contribution increased by $5.3 billion ($88.4 billion in 2016) • Value added contribution increased by $1.9 billion ($33 billion in 2016) • Jobs contribution increased by 78,386 (378,232 in 2016) Output Contribution This number shows the overall contribution of agriculture, forestry and related industries. Governor Parson, Lt. Governor Kehoe and I will be shouting this terrific number -- $93.7 billion – to show the vast scope of our industry. The contribution figure also helps us stay in the forefront with elected officials during the Missouri legislative session. Most of you already know that Missouri is an incredibly diverse state when it comes to agriculture. Our farmers raise traditional Midwestern crops like corn and soybeans, but also cotton, rice and peanuts in the Bootheel region of our state. We are a rich cattle state, consistently ranking near the top of the nation for number of cows. We also raise a lot of broilers, tur8

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keys and hogs. All of these commodities make up a tremendous portion of the total contribution. Another key driver is forestry, as Missouri is home to a number of different species used across the globe. Forest land is estimated at 15.4 million acres, or 34 percent of the total land area. Of that, 80 percent is in the oak/hickory forest type. Jobs Agriculture, forestry and related industries contribute more than 456,000 jobs, which is 12 percent of Missouri’s total. It is important young people know the number of opportunities in agriculture. So often, people think agriculture stops at the farm gate. Folks who are on the farm every day are the backbone of our nation. However, we must continue to tell the story that agriculture extends beyond the farm. Value Added Missouri is home to six ethanol plants and seven biodiesel plants; 443 grain elevators and 338 feedmills; more than 120 wineries and 36 dairy processing plants. These are all examples of value-added opportunities. Missouri’s farmers and ranchers do an amazing job raising and growing commodities. In many instances, those commodities become even more valuable after processing. One of the outcomes I am most proud of is that Missouri ranks in the Top 10 in the nation for 14 different commodities. These rankings demonstrate our state’s importance to feed, clothe and fuel the world. Missouri is ranked: Number of farms, 95,000 – 2nd Hay production, 6.4 million tons – 2nd Beef cows, 2.04 million head – 3rd Rice production, 15.5 million cwt – 4th Goats, 75,000 head – 5th Turkey production, 16 mill head – 6th Soybean production, 290.5 million bushels – 6th Hogs inventory, 3.75 million head – 6th Cotton production, 684,000 bales – 6th Cattle & calves, 4.3 million head – 6th Hog production, 821,075 tons – 7th Broiler production, 292.1 million head – 9th Corn production, 560.9 million bushels – 9th Horses & ponies, 85,000 head – 10th These and so many other great things are taking place in Missouri agriculture. We are the leading producer of elderberries. Acreage for other specialty crops, such as melons, berries and Christmas trees, also continues to increase. More families have added an agritourism component to their farm as a way to diversify and to educate visitors about our industry. There are many more facts and figures to be found in the economic contribution study, including county-by-county data. I found it very interesting to see the value of agriculture and jobs created in at my home county data. Find the complete report, including county data, at our website at Agriculture. Mo.Gov. The Economic Contribution Study of Missouri Agriculture and Forestry verifies something I already knew – Missouri is a terrific place to raise a crop, livestock and a family. Our farmers, ranchers and processors make a real difference in the world. It is nice to have the numbers to back that up!


Vaccine Protection Comes Through in Tough Weather For Immediate Release from Merck Animal Health Last year’s weather couldn’t have been more challenging for raising calves in northeast Oklahoma. “We had a hard cold spell with snow in March and it was really hot toward the end of May. Then in July it turned cool and rainy,” recalls Josh Dill of rural Mayes County, Oklahoma. Dill owns 50 Angus and Angus-crossbred commercial cows with his wife Erika and two young children. “This was definitely pneumonia-inducing weather,” he says.

VISION® 7 vaccine for pinkeye and blackeye, implants and a dewormer. In August, they receive BOVILIS VISTA® Once SQ, a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine injection that covers IBR, BVD Types 1 & 2, PI3, BRSV, M. haemolytica and P. multocida. When marketing cattle in October, Dill combines his calves with those from two other nearby producers. They ship a total of about 400 calves to a single buyer for feeding in Nebraska. Following the same health and vaccination protocols for all 400 calves makes for a consistent load to meet the buyer’s needs. Steers sell at about 675 pounds and heifers at 650 pounds. For Dill and the other producers, using BOVILIS NASALGEN 3-PMH means one less thing to worry about – providing early, effective protection against BRD with no needles to contend with.

Fortunately, Dill’s calves experienced no respiratory issues during these challenging months, thanks in part to protection provided by BOVILIS® NASALGEN® 3-PMH – the first intranasal vaccine to provide protection against both viral and bacterial pneumonia. The vaccine protects against five of the major causes of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), including IBR, BRSV, PI3, Pasteurella multocida and Mannheimia haemolytica, providing nursing calves with effective immunity in just one shot. Intranasal vaccination is a perfect fit with how Dill and his team process calves at branding. Because they work calves on the ground instead of using a chute, it’s easier to administer BOVILIS NASALGEN 3-PMH in the nose versus trying to reach the neck with an injection. “We have two young neighbor boys helping us process calves,” explains Dill. “Giving the intranasal vaccine is a good way to help them start learning how to work cattle. It’s easy for them to handle the syringe and there is no needle involved. The vaccine leaves a blue color on the nose, so we know it’s been given correctly.” Dill purchases BOVILIS NASALGEN 3-PMH in 10-dose bottles and uses a 25-mL syringe for administration. With 2-mL dose, the processing crew can vaccinate 10 animals before reloading and there is no need to change needles. “We just fill up the syringe and go,” Dill says.


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Also, BOVILIS NASALGEN 3-PMH appears to be easy on the calves, Dill says. He’s noticed no adverse reactions. By eliminating an injection, the intranasal vaccine is BQA-friendly as well. Dill works closely with the veterinarians at Pryor Veterinary Hospital to implement branding-time protocols. In addition to BOVILIS NASALGEN 3-PMH, calves receive BOVILIS 20/20


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Call to Action: Beef’s Roadway Eyesore By Rebecca Mettler for Cattlemen’s News Drive down most any rural road or rural highway and its likely that you’ll see bundles of white plastic wrap, net wrap, and twine dotting the ditch. It’s an eyesore, and it’s a problem that is becoming progressively worse over the last several years. As cattle producers, we are taught from a young age how to become stewards of the land and caretakers of the animals we raise. And, as an industry, we’re always striving to achieve and keep a positive image in the eyes of the public. Littering the roadways with used silage/haylage plastic wrap, net wrap, and twine is probably not the best way to bolster the public’s confidence in our stewardship practices. Observations from fellow farmers and ranchers are what spurred the investigation into this topic. As a result, a handful of progressive cattle producers in southwest Missouri were anonymously surveyed to provide insight on how they manage agricultural plastic waste, challenges of disposal, and their opinion of public perceptions. “Folks in town don’t like seeing the trash lying in the ditches or on the highways,” one producer said. “We try to keep tiedowns or have weight to hold down the wrap until we can get somewhere to dispose of it. We also try to take the plastic off in the bale lot so there is less to carry from field to field and lower the risk of losing it off the bed of the truck.” One survey participant commented that they have seen more and more social media posts griping that “farmers are littering the countryside with their bale trash.” Agricultural plastics on roadways are also a challenge to pick up for road crews, according to Darin Hamelink, maintenance operations engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Southwest District. “It tends to clog up and get wrapped up in the moving parts of machinery,” Hamelink said. “We can, and do, pick it up by

Seed totes can easily be utilized for on-farm net wrap and plastic wrap containment and can be securely fastened for transportation to a landfill. hand, but it’s very labor intensive considering we cover 21 counties and 15,000 lane miles.” “The biggest help would be for farmers to secure this waste such as that it won’t end up on the right-of-way,” Hamelink stated. Disposal Complications Beyond containment of plastic waste during transportation, disposing of agricultural plastic is a challenge and a sustainability issue. Currently, recycling companies in the Four States area do not accept silage/haylage plastic wrap and net wrap. Consequently, the only other options left for disposal are placing the Continued on next page

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Net wrap and other agricultural plastic waste is a common sight scattered along rural roadways. Continued from previous page waste in a dumpster to be collected by a waste management company or burning it. While it’s not the environmentally-friendly method of disposal, a lot of producers end up burning the plastic because they find it the easiest thing to do with so few options available.





Half of producers interviewed for this article burn their bale plastic wrap trash; the other half dispose of plastic materials in a dumpster or do a combination of the two disposal methods. “If we do all of these great things for the cattle, the land, and the soil, we can’t be burning it from an environmental sustainability standpoint and from a global warming standpoint,” one producer stated. A few of the producers surveyed have found alternative uses for the net wrap and plastic wrap. One producer has used net wrap in high erosion areas to hold the grass. Another producer lays the bale plastic wrap down in washed out areas and then covers the plastic with gravel. The same producer also reuses the silage tarp in their garden to kill weeds in preparation for planting. Within the last couple of years, agricultural plastics recycling options within Missouri have been discussed. However, there are no current recycling programs actively receiving plastic waste in southwest Missouri. Right now, there aren’t a lot of longterm solutions for the disposal of agricultural plastics in the area. However, a hat tip goes out to all the farmers and ranchers already taking the necessary steps to ensure their plastic wrap, net wrap, and twine aren’t contributing to beef’s roadside eyesore.




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Input Costs are a Concern for Cattle Producers in 2022 By Scott Brown for Cattlemen’s News The U.S. beef cow herd declined to 30.1 million head to begin the year according to a recent USDA report, the lowest level since 2015. This sets the stage for higher cattle prices for the next few years, barring unexpected weakness in beef demand. Yet, there remain plenty of challenges ahead for cattle producers that will require careful consideration to maximize the financial opportunities on their operation. The drought in the western and northern regions of the U.S. has been partially responsible for the declining beef cow inventory and brought tighter forage supplies and higher hay costs for producers across the country. The USDA all hay price remained above $185 per ton for the fifth consecutive month in December 2021 after never eclipsing that level since the spring of 2014. December 2021 hay stocks were 6 percent below year-ago levels and stood at the 3rd lowest since 1977. On top of the tight hay stock situation, USDA reported new seedings of alfalfa hay in 2021 were estimated to be 25 percent lower than the previous year. Higher alternative crop prices may make hay acreage harvested continue to decline even in the face of tighter hay supplies. The current drought monitor shows the drought beginning to expand into Oklahoma and Texas, and if that continues, hay yields are likely to suffer in 2022. Along with higher hay prices, nitrogen fertilizer prices have doubled over the past year. Every week farmers report new record-level nitrogen costs and supply bottlenecks, and other factors currently suggest there will be little relief in fertilizer prices for this spring, providing yet another higher cost for

cow-calf producers. According to the University of Missouri Extension annual cow-calf budgets, pasture, hay, and forages make up roughly 25 percent of total operating costs on a cowcalf operation. This year’s feeder cattle price projections suggest 5 to 6 weight calves will be worth another $100 to $150 per head relative to last year. Although that is great news, the increased cost of hay, pasture, and fertilizer could surpass the higher value of this year’s feeder cattle and lead to lower profitability in 2022. The time to address these higher-cost possibilities is now. Don’t wait until you are out of pasture and/or forages to decide how to manage these higher costs. Download the MU Extension planning budget here: Plug your estimates into the downloadable spreadsheet to make the most informed decision for your operation. The risk of dry weather could turn what is hoped to be a more profitable year into an absolute disaster. Although the signup period for 2022 coverage under the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF) Insurance has passed, producers should consider how this insurance product fits into their risk management strategy. There is basic information about PRF Insurance here: Find a crop insurance agent to see how PRF insurance might work in your operation. There are many reasons to be optimistic about profitable times ahead for cattle producers, as tighter cattle supplies could result in significantly higher cattle prices. However, managing the risks of higher input costs is essential and requires careful planning to allow your operation to thrive in the long-term.

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Why do we observe American Heart Month every February? Well, every year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease. The number one cause of deaths for most groups, heart disease affects all ages, genders, and ethnicities. Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and excessive alcohol use. Do you know how to keep your heart healthy? You can take an active role in reducing your risk for heart disease by eating a healthy diet, engaging in physical activity, and managing your cholesterol and blood pressure. This is a great chance to start some heart-healthy habits! Source:


New Director Joins Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center By Kate Preston Jay Chism joins the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center (SW-REEC), one of the four research, Extension and education centers of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), on Jan. 24 as the director. Chism is no stranger to the southwest Missouri area, as he has served as the Southwest Regional Director for University of Missouri Extension for the past nine years. “I am excited to share the innovation and research that is being done at the SW-REEC with farmers in Southwest Missouri. I can’t wait to join this local team,” said Chism. Chism will help direct unique research, Extension and education opportunities at the Center, located in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. The SW-REEC covers more than 22 counties addressing many different agricultural industries such as beef, forage and horticulture. Chism’s background is in horticulture and agronomy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and attended the University of Missouri for his master’s in horticulture. Chism currently works for University of Missouri Extension as the Southwest Regional Director. In addition to his current role, Chism worked as an agronomy specialist for MU Extension. His family also operated a horticulture business near Joplin for more than 17 years prior to working for the University. “In my current role, I am a strong supporter of the research and activities that occur at the Center,” said Chism. “I routinely advocate on behalf of the facility and have partnered closely with the administration on the field days and other events.” “We are thrilled to welcome Jay to the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center,” said Shibu Jose, associate dean of research in the CAFNR Office of Research and director of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. “With his familiarity of the Southwest region and background in Extension and research, Jay is a great asset to the SW-REEC.” Chism stated that CAFNR’s strategic plan, Drive to Distinction, provides an excellent shared vision for all of CAFNR. “CAFNR’s strategic plan will allow the Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center to focus on the present needs, while anticipating the future of Missouri farmers and ranchers. It’s an exciting time for agriculture and Mizzou in southwest Missouri.”

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Calfhood Health and Immunity Starts With the Dam By Dr. Sangita Jalukar, ARM & HAMMER Technical Services Manager Cattle producers know that healthy cows raise healthy calves which is why building calf immunity starts with the dam during gestation. Good nutrition is critical throughout gestation, but becomes increasingly more important during the last three to four weeks, when the cows have higher energy and metabolizable protein needs to support the growing calf and its immune system. Calves born with strong immunity are better able to withstand the immediate challenges they face. Calving is a stressful period and can lead to an increase in fecal pathogen shedding by the dam. This increases the risk of pathogen exposure for the newborn calf. Adequate colostrum consumption is critical to the health of the newborn calf and its ability to protect itself from pathogens and disease.

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Realizing the critical role nutrition plays throughout the cattle’s lifecycle, scientists and producers have become more interested in utilizing feeding strategies to enhance gut health and immune response. Proper nutrition provides the foundation for animal health and productivity. It can help prevent clinical and subclinical diseases, enhance animal growth and well-being, and boost colostrum, milk yield and composition. Therefore, producers and their advisors focus much time and effort on formulating animal rations, evaluating results and searching for solutions when tweaks are necessary. Enhance Animal Health with RFCs Often times, feed additives are used to help maintain a healthy gut by managing the natural microbial populations and immune response in the cow. These dietary ingredients can prepare the animal’s immune systems ahead of pathogen challenges, so it can respond more effectively and maintain optimal health and performance. One of the tools for developing a sound nutritional foundation is the Refined Functional Carbohydrates™ (RFCs™) found in CELMANAX™. This feed additive features technology that can help provide a healthy foundation for livestock growth and productivity. RFCs are the components harvested from yeast cells (S. cerevisiae) using specific enzymes during a proprietary manufacturing process. Components of RFCs have specific modes of action such as binding pathogenic microorganisms, supporting growth of beneficial bacteria and modulating the immune system. Supported by Research Passive transfer of immunity from cows to newborn calves plays a crucial role in protecting calves from infections until their immune system is fully developed. Research in beef cows shows that immunity (plasma IgG) was greater (P = 0.03) among calves born to cows supplemented with CELMANAX pre-calving (Study on file, Derek Brake, SDSU). Additionally, improvement in humoral immunity and uterine health and immunity has been noted in transition cow studies (Yuan, et al. J Dairy Sci 98:3236–46). Data shows dairy cows supplemented with CELMANAX produced more milk, fat-corrected milk and energy-corrected milk, and higher milk protein percentage than non-supplemented cows. Fat, protein, and solids non-fat yields were higher for CELMANAX-supplemented cows compared to control (Nocek, et al. J Dairy Sc. 94:4046–56). In beef cattle, a better milk production response as well as an increase in milk components can lead to better growth of the calf. Many studies in livestock and poultry supplemented with CELMANAX have been associated with a decrease in prevalence and load of certain pathogenic bacteria. As noted, shedding of pathogenic bacteria at the time of calving increases the risk for the newborn calf. CELMANAX supplementation led to lower Clostridium perfringens shedding in the postpartum period, and numerically fewer cows shedding E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella (Stefenoni, et al. J Dairy Sci 103:1541–52). CELMANAX can provide a firm nutritional foundation for cows and their calves, providing benefits to health, enhanced performance and increased productivity. The influence nutrition has on animal health and productivity cannot be overstated. Managing health challenges at critical stages, such as calving and calf rearing, can reduce poor growth and production response post weaning, ultimately making your herd more productive. For more information on CELMANAX visit


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Evaluating Your Feed Costs and Putting the Pencil to Supplementation By Eric Bailey for Cattlemen’s News The price of feedstuffs continues to be stubbornly high. Let’s review the fundamentals of supplementation and identify any unneeded supplementation, which will help cut costs. I do not encourage cutting supplementation solely based on feed pricing. Why are you providing a supplement to beef cows today? If your forage base is warm-season grasses, the most limiting nutrient is protein. Nutritionists recommend feeding between 0.5 and 1 lb. of crude protein per cow, per day when forage crude protein concentration is below 7%. If you are raising cattle on fescue, it is more likely that energy is limiting rather than protein. As it is the dead of winter and many folks are feeding hay, it is crucial to have an idea of hay’s quality. Estimating based on your eye or the smell of the forage could lead to over-supplementation. The other important piece of the supplementation puzzle is cow nutrient requirements. I like to use 7-9-11% crude protein and 55-60-65% TDN as my rules of thumb. These levels correspond to a mid-gestation, a late gestation, and a peak lactation cow. For fall-calving herds, you are likely on the backside of peak lactation, and TDN requirements are closer to 60%. A scenario that concerns me is winter-calving cows fed hay over the next 45-60 days. If your hay TDN is 48-52%,

cows will be energy deficient during a crucial time of their production cycle. Ideally, beef cows calve at a body condition score (BCS) of 5 (on a 1-9 scale) and maintain a BCS of 5 through the breeding season. Cows calving below a BCS 5 have a longer time interval before being ready to breed. Unfortunately, to stay on a 365-day calving interval, a cow must rebreed within 85 days of calving. Increasing post-partum interval by 20-30 days decreases their chances of getting pregnant early in the following breeding season. Generally, a cow does not come open after one bad year. My experience with cows failing to rebreed is that they breed later each year for two to three years before they no longer line up with your defined breeding season. Keeping cows breeding early in the breeding season year over year is a hallmark of a successful cow-calf operation. At the same time, I can understand the desire to cut feed costs this year. Try to identify unneeded supplementation and trim around the edges, rather than dipping into the body condition savings account. It is unprofitable to try and feed cows to increase a BCS if they have already calved. Test your hay, if it has not been already, and feed the highest quality (greatest TDN%) to cows with the greatest nutrient requirements Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page (winter-calving cows, in this case). Feeding supplements designed to provide supplemental protein are often not the most cost-effective source of supplemental TDN nor do they provide enough calories to meaningfully affect the energy status of a cow consuming a forage that has >7% crude protein. Ensure that if you are substituting feeds in or out of your supplemental mix, you understand the differences in nutrient profiles. I like to index feeds by comparing the cost per lb. of TDN. Despite its rapid price increase, corn is still the best deal per lb. of TDN among concentrate feeds. Do not substitute corn out of supplemental mixes unless it becomes more than 25-30% more expensive than alternative supplements, such as soyhulls, gluten pellets, or distillers’ grains. Remember, corn is not a protein supplement and should be mixed with a feed containing greater protein. However, a feed mix that is 80% corn and 20% dried distillers’ grains could be an alternative supplement. This mix will have roughly similar protein to a standard commodity mix yet have greater energy (roughly 10% greater energy than traditional commodity mixes). Here is an example on how to do the math on pricing feed per lb. of TDN. Example: Hay costs $45 per 1,000 lb. bale and is 50% TDN. That is $0.09 per lb. of TDN. Convert price per bale or ton to price per pound; then, divide by the percent TDN. Soyhulls cost $260 a ton and are 80% TDN. They cost $0.1625 per lb. of TDN.

I think the hole in the market this winter is for higher quality forage or corn. If you could buy average quality alfalfa for $160 a ton at 60% TDN, that is $0.13 per lb. of TDN. It may sound strange, but buying higher quality hay may be a better deal at this stage in the game than buying concentrates. Corn is currently $0.12 per lb. of TDN at $6 per bushel. I do not see soyhulls, gluten and other byproduct feeds penciling. Make sure you need to supplement using the guidelines above and price per lb. of TDN when making supplement decisions. Eric Bailey is the State Extension Beef Nutrition Specialist for University of Missouri.

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Building Longevity in Cow Herds By Anita Ellis for Cattlemen’s News There are many traits to aim for in a cow/calf herd, but one that is quite variable yet crucial to profitability is longevity. We think of longevity as “years of service”, but consider what that actually means. A female in the herd is not simply surviving year to year but also being productive. There are some payoffs to selecting for ideal longevity characteristics: fewer replacement heifers are needed, more mature cows in the herd means more pounds of weaned calf crop,


and because there are more mature females, this means lower over all energy requirement for the herd. But where to begin? Start off by identifying what longevity means for your herd and select for those characteristics. If you are retaining heifers, there are some genetic selections of which you should be mindful. Maternal traits in EPDs to consider are: milking ability, heifer pregnancy and stayability. Stayability is an EPD provided by some breeds such as Red Angus and Simmental. It is the probability of a bull’s daughter to stay in the herd, calving to 6 years of age.


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How should she be built for your operation? Match females to your specific environment. This may look like fescue tolerance or even size. A moderate framed female that requires less feed than her larger counterpart may provide a similar sized calf every year and thus be a more efficient animal. Another critical component of this starts with the bulls or future sires. Are they being raised and developed by operations that have longevity in their females? Are your bulls being sourced from operations that have your goals in mind? And finally, in the selection process, either retain heifers that calve early in the season or purchase those that are due to calve early in your identified calving season. These heifers are provided extra time to get rebred and eventually become cows that calve in your ideal calving season. To help these heifers further, consider a post calving supplementation program. Not only are they still growing and now nursing a calf, but they are also expected to rebreed; help meet their potential by meeting their energy needs. Now it’s time to set them up for success. As previously mentioned, heifers are more than likely going to need extra help with nutrition once they have calved. Maintain body condition score (BCS), on a scale of 1-9. 1=emaciated, 9=obese, of at least 6 at calving. Mature cows can be maintained to calve at a 5 or 6 BCS. Nutrition management is important for females to reach their longevity potential. Weaning management may Continued on next page

Continued from previous page help as well. When a female is nursing a calf, the ability to come back into estrus is postponed. This is also a time of her greatest nutrient requirements. Especially, during stressful events such as drought, weaning somewhat early may aid in a female breeding back. We have set them up; next it is time to weed out the weak. At the end of the day, a cow/calf operation is still a business and needs to be profitable. One can think of all cows and heifers on the operation as employees. Consider the worker who is always late; once a cow calves late, she may not reach estrus soon enough and may be set back indefinitely. We end up allowing this to continue, which extends the calving season out a few days to weeks later – further allowing the cycle to continue.

ing of the purpose of longevity. Just about everyone has that surprisingly old cow that “calves every year!” … why get rid of her? Going back to our employee analogy, is she an efficient worker? Know your average weaning weight and check that all of her calves over the recent years are not falling beneath the average. If not, then you have successfully selected for the ideal longevity trait. Longevity is more than an endurance race to see who can stay in the herd longest; it is those females who are productive year to year and thus, profitable. Anita Ellis is the extension field specialist and the central region Show-Me Select coordinator for the University of Missouri Extension.

A final consideration for longevity is getting control of depreciation in cows. Dr. Jordan Thomas, State Cow-Calf Specialist for the University of Missouri (MU), provides some very insightful discussions to this topic. I would encourage you to read into it if you have not already (example: MU Extension publication G2048. Cow-Calf Systems That Minimize Cow Depreciation Costs). Consider the ‘salvage value’ of cows needing to be culled. Rather than waiting for a cow to be at her lowest value, open and in a low BCS, attempt to cull ahead of this. Easier said than done, I know. But by having an early pregnancy diagnosis performed, you can identify the cows that will be calving late or that are open. Those calving late have a higher ‘salvage value’ as compared to if they were to come up open the following year. What about older cows? Considering culling older cows almost sounds defeat-

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The Cattle Industry Downsizes By Derrell Peel for Cattlemen’s News Cyclical contraction continued in the beef cattle industry in 2021, augmented by drought in the western U.S. In the latest USDA Cattle report, the January 1, 2022 beef cow inventory was 30.125 million head, down 2.3 percent year over year. From the cyclical peak in 2019, the beef cow herd has decreased by 1.57 million head, a decrease of 4.9 percent in the last three years. The beef cow herd is now slightly less than the inventory on January 1, 2016. The 2021 calf crop was 35.085 million head, down 1.2 percent from 2020. Using the inventories of steers over 500 lbs., other (non-replacement heifers over 500 lbs., and calves under 500 lbs., adjusting for cattle in feedlots gives us a calculated supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots of 25.54 million head, down 2.6 percent year over year. It is clear that cattle numbers will be noticeably tighter in 2022. The Cattle report also provides indications of what the direction of the industry might be in 2022. Most noticeably, the inventory of beef replacement heifers was 5.61 million head, down 3.3 percent year over year. This reflects the inventory of bred heifers that will calve in 2022 as well as heifer calves saved to be replacements. The replacement heifer inventory is typically an indication of what beef cattle producers are planning or would like to do. However, drought conditions likely impacted decisions to hold heifers for replacements and thus is more of an indication of what we can do. While producers may be able to hold the cow herd stable this year, this inventory of replacement heifers suggests little ability to increase the cow herd even if conditions improve. Drought across much of the country had a significant impact on where the industry is at the beginning of 2022. Hardest hit drought regions saw large decreases in beef cows in 2021, led by South Dakota, down 11 percent year over year, with additional decreases in Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, New Mexico and Utah, among others. These are all states where drought had a significant impact last year. Among other major beef cow states, Missouri beef cow numbers decreased nearly 5 percent with smaller decreases in Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky. For the most part, this report confirms cattle numbers are even smaller than anticipated and will add to the optimistic outlook that has developed in the beef cattle industry. Feedlot

inventories on January 1, were 14.69 million head, fractionally higher than one year earlier. While feedlots have maintained inventories thus far, feedlot production should decrease noticeably in the coming months. Feedlots have been pulling cattle ahead by placing smaller feeder cattle but the ability to continue doing will decrease in coming months. This leads to expectations for decrease cattle slaughter and beef production in 2022. Cattle prices are higher year over year at the beginning of 2022 and are expected to continue moving higher and average roughly double-digit percent increases in feeder and fed cattle prices for the year. Continuing wide-spread drought conditions are a significant threat for the cattle industry in 2022. The industry could face significant drought-forced liquidation in the next few months if drought conditions persist. Derrell S. Peel is an Agribusiness and Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist for the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University.

150 mg/mL ANTIMICROBIAL NADA 141-328, Approved by FDA For subcutaneous injection in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle only. Not for use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older or in calves to be processed for veal. Caution: Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. READ ENTIRE BROCHURE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT. INDICATIONS ZACTRAN is indicated for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) associated with Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Histophilus somni and Mycoplasma bovis in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. ZACTRAN is also indicated for the control of respiratory disease in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle at high risk of developing BRD associated with Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida. CONTRAINDICATIONS As with all drugs, the use of ZACTRAN is contraindicated in animals previously found to be hypersensitive to this drug. WARNING: FOR USE IN CATTLE ONLY. NOT FOR USE IN HUMANS. KEEP THIS AND ALL DRUGS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. NOT FOR USE IN CHICKENS OR TURKEYS. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Administer ZACTRAN one time as a subcutaneous injection in the neck at 6 mg/kg (2 mL/110 lb) body weight (BW). If the total dose exceeds 10 mL, divide the dose so that no more than 10 mL is administered at each injection site. Body Weight (lb)

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Animals should be appropriately restrained to achieve the proper route of administration. Use sterile equipment. Inject under the skin in front of the shoulder (see illustration). The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) contains more detailed occupational safety information. To report suspected adverse drug events, for technical assistance, or to obtain a copy of the SDS, contact Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. at 1-888-637-4251. For additional information about adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS, or online at RESIDUE WARNINGS: Do not treat cattle within 35 days of slaughter. Because a discard time in milk has not been established, do not use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal.

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PRECAUTIONS The effects of ZACTRAN on bovine reproductive performance, pregnancy, and lactation have not been determined. Subcutaneous injection of ZACTRAN may cause a transient local tissue reaction in some cattle that may result in trim loss of edible tissues at slaughter. ADVERSE REACTIONS Transient animal discomfort and mild to moderate injection site swelling may be seen in cattle treated with ZACTRAN. EFFECTIVENESS For information on effectiveness, the product label in full can be found at pdfs/Zactan_Label.pdf. Marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. Duluth, GA 30096 Made in Austria ®ZACTRAN is a registered trademark of the Boehringer Ingelheim Group. ©2019 Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. All rights reserved. M088812/03 US Code 6411 Rev. 01/2019

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Livestock Risk Protection program offers security against declining cattle prices By Samantha Athey for Cattlemen’s News There are not many opportunities for cattle producers to protect their profit margins against poor prices, but the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) program offers exactly that. According to the program’s rules, LRP “insurance protects feeder cattle producers against a decline in prices below the established coverage price.” In layman’s terms, producers can lock in a floor price for their calves, steers and heifers by insuring them through the LRP program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency.

“It’s the only product available for price protection in the cattle industry outside of puts, calls and options, which are extremely complicated, hard to follow and have huge financial consequences if mishandled,” said Kevin Charleston, agent and owner of Specialty Risk Insurance. Charleston explained LRP has a one-time fixed cost paid at the end of the contract. However, there are some imperative fundamentals to understand to make sure you receive the best price protection for your money. He recommended considering the following points to protect your cattle prices without meeting margin calls or having to sell cattle on a specific day:

“The market looks strong right now, but we can’t afford to go back to $1 feeder cattle with the cost of inputs at an all-time high,” said Jackie Moore, owner of Joplin Regional Stockyards. “The industry is in a strong equity position, but we need to maintain it, and this is one of the only tools for price protection in the cattle industry that has been tailored for large and small producers.” “This is how I protect my investment,” he added. According to Eric Bailey, University of Missouri’s state beef Extension specialist, the price of diesel one year ago was $2.68 with urea prices at $317.74 per ton. Backgrounding cost of gain was $56.79 one year ago. Current trends do not indicate these prices will be declining in the near future, making protection against market volatility essential.

• The LRP program’s premiums are subsidized 35 to 55 percent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Participants are required to have an AD-1026 form on file with the Farm Service Agency and can sign up at their local offices. • To be eligible for the program, you must own the cattle at the time of the purchase of the contract and sell the cattle at any time within 60 days of the end of the contract. However, producers are not required to sell cattle to collect indemnity. • This product is set up to protect you on different variables with steers and heifers. It doesn’t have to be based on 850-pound steers only and 50,000-pound load lot inContinued on next page

LIVESTOCK RISK PROTECTION - The Livestock Risk Protection Plan enables cattle producers to protect themselves against market price declines. Essentially, LRP is a tool to insure your equity position if the market drops unexpectedly. - Producers can customize coverage based on the type of feeder cattle or fed cattle, weights, number of head, sale dates, and expected sale price. Feeder cattle prices are based on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and fed cattle prices are based on the Agricultural Marketing Service. - Contracts are available from 13 weeks to 52 weeks and coverage levels range from 70% to 100%. Producers have the opportunity to take advantage of federal subsidies which range from 35% to 55%, depending on coverage levels. This is a change from previous years where federal subsidy levels were capped at 13%. - Producers can choose to cover from 1 head up to 6,000 head per sales contract and can cover a maximum of 12,000 head per year. If the actual ending value is below the coverage price, the producer will receive an indemnity payment for the price difference. An example from the January 24th, 2022, market with a 30-week contract ending in August 2022 covering 99% of the board price shown below.

In this example, the row of 100 steers shows the producer protected his $76,297.43 Investment by insuring he would receive a minimum of $142,400 at the sale’s closing. This insured a gross profit of $61,862.57 or $618.62 per steer. LRP can be customized to protect any operation and multiple contracts may be secured throughout the year. For more information on Livestock Risk Protection, please call: Brian Youngblood at (417) 825-1203 or Kevin Charleston at (417) 850-5470.



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Continued from previous page crements. Any one contract — in this case, think “insurance policy — can be for 1 head to 6,000 head with no more than 12,000 head per entity per year (see the table on the previous page). Cattle producers can insure animals under 600 pounds or between 600 and 900 pounds. • This program is designed to protect you from the downside of the market — market volatility — by protecting your current equity. It is set off the CME board price and settled up on the CME index 12-state price based on size and grade. • If the market goes up, your cattle will bring more than the coverage price, so

your only loss will be your premium cost. At a Stockmanship and Stewardship event last fall, Oklahoma State University’s Livestock Marketing Specialist and Breedlove Professor of Agricultural Economics Derrell Peel encouraged producers to consider the pros and cons of the LRP program. “LRP protects against national price declines,” Peel said. “It is still subject to basis risk. It’s one of the few risk management tools available for small-scale producers.” Whether you’re a cow/calf producer with just a few head or a large producer backgrounding or feeding out cattle, LRP is an option to consider to protect your profits.

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Disaster Awareness Planning By B. Lynn Gordon for Cattlemen’s News When an emergency happens, the date and time seem to be forever engrained in our memory. One September evening three years ago, I remember when a last-minute decision to watch the late news proved to be a good decision. Before I shut the television off, the weatherman said some storms were developing but didn’t appear to be concerned. For some reason, I stayed awake, and within a short time, the storms had intensified and shifted my direction. I knew if they continued their path, my house would be in a direct line. Soon, warnings were going off on my phone, and sirens were blaring. It was time to take shelter. Three tornadoes hit the community I was living in at 11:45 p.m. Fortunately, my property was spared, but damage was scattered across my neighborhood. I was lucky. Because of this experience, when intense winds howled across the Plains on December 15, 2021, initiating alerts and warnings – I didn’t take any chances. I put my emergency procedures in place. How many times can a person be lucky? The strangely warm, windy day was intense and shook many in the agricultural community across Kansas, Nebraska, and surrounding states. The fear was not a December blizzard but fire danger. West-central Kansas was the hardest hit. Over a hundred thousand acres of farmland burned in an uncontrollable wildfire. With winds clocking 100 mph, ranchers were left nearly helpless to gather cattle, get water on buildings and protect their homes. Several families lost everything. “It was like a hurricane in December” I remember hearing one rancher tell the media. Emergencies are something no one wants to endure. The outcome is rarely good. Agricultural producers deal with many unknowns, yet they strive to be optimistic daily. This optimism, along with busy schedules, can catch agricultural producers flat-footed – overlooking the significance of planning for emergencies. How do you prepare for an emergency such as a fire, flood, blizzard, or tornado outbreak? Planning for emergencies Planning is a must. Thinking through the “what-if” and “howto” is crucial. 1) Create a phone list. Make a list of emergency phone numbers and post the list in a visible place, including, your cell phone where you can easily and quickly access the following list: *Local services: Police, Fire, Ambulance *Local companies/providers: Gas, Water, Power, *Livestock services: Local and state veterinarian, Brand Inspector, Truck Hauling, Feed Supplier, Sale Barn, County USDA and Extension Office *Other: Neighbors, Family members



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*Insurance Policies: Farm, Homeowners, Livestock insurance policy numbers; company/contact person. 2) Create an inventory. Develop and regularly update an inventory, including hay and additional feeds, livestock count per pasture or site, machinery, equipment, and other primary farm supplies. This inventory may be associated with your annual income tax/farm financial operation budget; if so, have copies in multiple places. Take photos of as many of these items as possible. Have off-site backups of all documents and pictures and store them in a safety-deposit box at a bank or other secure site. 3) Have an evacuation plan. Schools conduct regular fire/emergency drills to prepare children for emergencies and to learn evacuation routes. When was the last time you had a training drill on the farm or at your home? Family members and employees should be trained and practice preparedness tactics, such as escape routes in case of fires and know the designated safe meeting site. 4) Stockpile resources. Where will these essential items be when you need them? Critical items such as flashlights, batteries, first-aid kits, fencing supplies, portable pens, generators, hoses, and water tanks should be stored and easily accessible in a designated area on the farm or in a specified building. Develop a regular rotation (e.g., daylight savings day, first day of summer) to conduct servicing of emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers. Unfortunately, lessons on emergency readiness often occur after devastation has hit. Visiting recently with a ranch family who experienced extensive property and livestock damage during the Kansas wildfires, this family realized some of the steps they had in place were appropriate, and others were not broad enough. They encourage fellow ranchers to stay in touch with their insurance agent, reporting when livestock or equipment is added or removed from the farm. A comfortable relationship with the agent and insurance company is a must. Communication needs to flow effortlessly, with appropriate timelines for responses to questions asked by you. “Don’t decide to always go with the cheapest coverage,” said the Kansas family. “You need insurance coverage levels you are comfortable with and that will meet your needs. Plus, if possible, stay local. They know you and understand the circumstances, and we found that made for a better working relationship.” In closing, “It’s not the time to be humble,” shared the impacted family. “When you experience a disaster, you need help. When people offer to step forward to help, allow them to help out.”

A Hidden Gem

A Look at the Past, Present and Future of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center (OEFEC) possesses a past and a present deeply entwined in the rich agricultural heritage of the Ozarks. Thoughts of the Fairgrounds may spark memories of livestock shows, blue ribbons (or even better – purple ones), ferris wheels and corn dogs. But the Fairgrounds is so much more. It’s a place where memories are made, businesses are showcased, youth are taught about agriculture, charity fundraisers are held and community members gather for entertainment. In a way, the Fairgrounds is a bit of a hidden gem. Many people may be unaware of all that the Fairgrounds offer the community. It hosts and caters celebrations large and small, donates space for charitable community events and operates educational youth programs. Most weeks of the year, the Fairgrounds is buzzing with some sort of activity. All this is accomplished without any local, state or federal operating funds. Since its inception in 1937, the Fairgrounds has run its operations without any government help. In 2003, supporters of the Fairgrounds formed the Ozark Empire Fair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation is dedicated to helping youth involved in agriculture, improving the fairground’s facilities and infrastructure, and preserving Southwest Missouri’s agricultural heritage. Through the years, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars for facility improvements thanks to the dedication of its board members and the generosity of community members. In the last couple of years, the Fairgrounds completed the construction of three major projects: the Darr/Wheeler Ag Facility building, the Central Buildings Events Center, and the Central Buildings Bath House. Though big strides are being made, there’s one project too large for the Fairgrounds to tackle alone. The current arena, which was quickly rebuilt in 1961 after being leveled by a fire, needs to be replaced. While the current arena has served the Fairgrounds well, it fails to meet the space demands for many shows. The arena is starting to show its age due to poor ventilation, outdated structure and costly repairs. Currently, board members and supporters of the Fairgrounds are working to raise money for a new arena. This facility will be a true jewel in the crown of the Queen City. It will bring events, visitors, and vendors for all to enjoy. The $15 million dollar facility will meet the needs of the community for generations to come. One of the most exciting parts of the project is the plan to create a Youth Ag Education Center located in the lower level of the new arena. This special space will serve as a place for educating youth about all aspects of agriculture, ensuring future generations develop an appreciation and knowledge of food production and horticulture. The Fairgrounds also envisions other youth organizations and schools utilizing this unique space as well. The Arena and Youth Ag Education Center features will include an increase in seating capacity from 2,400 to 6,200, a restaurant and large meeting area, a 93,000 square foot arena and a 20,000 square foot lower-level Youth Ag Education Center. Arena events will include not only archery, wrestling, volleyball, cheerleading competitions and other sporting events but also 26

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trade shows, indoor festivals, livestock shows, motorsports, roller derby, rodeos and more! Plans are gaining steam for the creation of an Arena and Youth Ag Education Center. Donations are coming in and matching grants are on the table to double pledges. OEFEC board members and Foundation board members encourage community members to come along side them and support this exciting project. There are many different ways to participate in the creation of this lasting legacy. Direct donations, gifting of property for resale, purchasing naming rights, donating stocks and bonds, giving pledges paid yearly over a five-year period, or any other way one can dream. This plan is grounded in traditions of honoring community, education and fiscal responsibility. The Fairgrounds has served as a gathering place for all walks of life, since its earliest beginnings more than 87 years ago. It is a place that holds a perfect balance between nostalgia and innovation. The Fairgrounds meets a vital need in the community for space to accommodate events of every size and scope. The new Arena and Youth Ag Education Center will help the Fairgrounds keep pace with the rising demand for services, assist youth, and further its commitment to offer a facility that generations will enjoy for years to come. Below is a list of board members. They would be honored to answer questions and discuss ways community members can contribute to this project.

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There is More Than One Way to Skin a Cat By Erin Hull for Cattlemen’s News There is more than one way to skin a cat. While I do not know if this statement is true as I have never skinned a cat, I know that there is certainly more than one way to raise a steer. I am going to make a huge assumption and assume that most people finishing out steers and reading this magazine are conventional farmers and ranchers. I am going to assume that you are finishing out steers on corn. I think that is wonderful. I also find it wonderful that there is more than one way to raise a steer. I appreciate the certified organic farmers for their niche market. I appreciate the farm to table growers who found their corner of the market. I appreciate the grass finished operations. I truly appreciate all farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to their operations and are raising healthy animals.

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As someone whose passion is agriculture education, I get very disappointed in our own industry when I read posts stating one way of farming is superior to another. I especially get disappointed when the post is made by someone I truly respect and admire. Today I read a post that was shared by my daughter’s cattle showing mentor. This is a woman I respect as much as I respect my own parents. She breeds amazing animals, she is a wealth of knowledge and she has a passion for sharing her knowledge with the youth within our community. Today she shared a post on why corn finished beef is superior to grass finished beef. This post stung. It stung because we are a grass finished operation. We chose this path because we direct market and our consumers want grass finished beef. We chose this path because it brings in a premium price at the end of the day. It was a business decision made years ago and one we have stuck to for decades. It works for us. It works for our customers. When I read a post made by a fellow farmer stating that their corn finished beef is superior to my grass finished beef, I get angry. The points being made in the article where blatantly untrue. It does not take five years to finish a steer on pasture. We are doing it in eighteen months. Is this longer than the corn fed guys? Yes it is, but it certainly does not take five years. Grass finished does not equate to lean beef. Grass finished does not equate to gamey beef. This blatantly untrue post had several thousand shares on social media, all from people shaking their fists at the grass finished operators. But why? Why do you feel the need to throw shade at a fellow beef producer just because they aren’t raising cattle the same way you are? As a grass finished operation, I’m the first to say that grass finished beef is no healthier for you than conventional corn finished beef. People have tried to sway the nutritional numbers to make it appear that way, but when you dig deeper it is quite obvious that beef is beef when it comes to a nutritional profile. Grass finished is not healthier for you, just as corn finished does not cause cancer. I’m the first to tell customers that we grass finish because that is what they request, but they should know that our beef is not superior to my neighbor’s beef that is finished out on corn just a few miles down the road. My neighbor and I have simply chosen different way to raise those same animals. I simply do not understand why one producer would feel the need to disparage another producer who simply chose a different method of farming. We choose the way we farm because it works for us and us alone. We need to be proud of that decision but not use it as a way to bring down our fellow producers. I see this being done with corn finished vs. grass finished. I see it being done with big farming vs. small farming. I see it quite often being done in the organic vs. conventional arena. It needs to end. As producers, we need to come together to support one another, regardless of how we are “skinning that cat”. We need to lift one another up rather than find ways to tear each other down. While farmers may only make up a small two percent of the population in the United States, there is room for all of us to work together and appreciate one another for the paths we have chosen.

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While the Sun is Shining By Jordan Thomas for Cattlemen’s News Market fundamentals seem to be pointing to high feeder calf prices throughout this year. If you are in the cow-calf business, remember what that means in terms of the cyclical pattern of bred female prices. High calf prices create interest in growing the size of the national cow herd, as cow-calf producers perceive cows to be profitable. More heifers are therefore retained as replacements rather than finished out. Of course, it takes a while to get those heifers into production and wean their first calves, so that increase in heifer retention actually drives up prices further, as fewer heifer calves enter the beef supply chain. But as those females go into production and the size of the national cow herd grows, the greater supply of calves causes calf prices to fall. Because cows aren’t perceived as very profitable in those low calf price years, the price of bred females falls. Fewer heifers are then retained as replacements and instead go on feed, which further increases the supply of beef and further depresses the calf market. As the cow herd and the calf crop it produces shrinks, the lower supply causes the price of calves and thus the price of bred females to eventually come back up. Rinse and repeat. As you have probably heard an economist say before, the cure for high prices is high prices. So, with high prices on the horizon today, remember what comes next. We are also at the mercy of other factors: the structure of the industry, international trade deals, the price of other commodities, and of course the weather. Sometimes those factors level out some of the supply-related fundamentals, but other

times those factors just make the price peaks higher and the valleys lower. Thousands of breeding females were shipped out of the drought-stricken western U.S. last year, and some of you may have taken the opportunity to purchase western cows or pairs by the load. Depending on the moisture situation in the West, we could see operations in that part of the country restocking this year and into next. Demand for breeding stock in one part of the country ultimately affects the bred female market nationally. I am no economist, but even I can figure out what happens when we combine post-drought restocking with the positivity that comes from high calf prices. This could be a pricey year to try to buy bred females. What should that mean for your operation? I would encourage you to “make hay while the sun is shining.” I don’t mean literal hay production—I am no fan of hay-intensive winter-feeding strategies for cow herds, and I argue it is even more critical for most commercial cow-calf operations to stop making hay than it is to stop feeding hay. But, speaking figuratively, this may be a year to make some money given the bright and sunny market outlook. If you are already an established cow-calf operator, think about how you can capitalize on the high market, not just with calves but with bred females as well. If you have been wanting to move toward a shorter length calving season in the cow herd, a high market for bred feContinued on next page

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Continued from previous page males gives an opportunity to make some major progress. Why not divest out of some of those later-conceiving, poorly profitable cows this year while the market for bred females is high? Work with your veterinarian to schedule a pregnancy diagnosis at some point early enough to give a fairly accurate and precise expected calving date. Generally, 90 days or so after the start of the breeding season is a great time to do this via ultrasound.

infrastructure with the dollars freed up from selling underproductive cows. Carrying costs per cow decrease drastically when we begin minimizing the need for purchased feed and/or stored forages through better managed grazing. And remember, selling off the underproductive, late-conceiving cows improves revenue and decreases costs in other ways as well. That means operations often make more net profit at the end of the day, even with fewer cows.

After one of my talks at veterinary clinics’ annual clients meeting earlier this year, a veterinarian dropped this memorable quote to the group: “I don’t know if you all are aware of this, but it is legal in the state of Missouri to sell a bred cow.” I realize it is hard to sell anything with a calf inside of her in a year in which calves are high-priced, but sit down and do the math. Those later-conceiving cows go on to become later-calving cows, weaning the youngest, lightest-weight calf and struggling to breed back next year. Cash out on that bad investment while you can. Remember that, from a balance sheet perspective, the decision not to sell something and the decision to buy something are functionally the same decision: we actually buy every cow every year we do not sell her. Don’t buy late-conceiving cows just because they happen to be on your place already. How long of a calving season you want to tolerate next year is a business decision, but make some big strides toward shortening it in years in which the bred female market is favorable.

The sun appears to be shining this year, so see it for the opportunity it is. Jordan Thomas, a Ph.D., is the state cow-calf Extension specialist with the University of Missouri. Contact him at 573-882-1804 or

When you do sell those underproductive cows, consider very carefully whether you really ought to reinvest those dollars back in replacement females. Remember, they are likely to be high-priced this year as well. Do you really want to buy high and sell low? You likely have other opportunities that would generate greater return-on-equity. Even as someone who has built their career around cows and heifers, I would encourage you to redeploy the equity from marketed bred females elsewhere. Most operations in Missouri and across the Midwest/Mid-South are overstocked relative to the current carrying capacity of their land (the number of animal unit grazing days it currently produces). Selling underproductive cows is a great first step to address this, since it fixes the immediate problem of being overstocked. After having marketed later-conceiving, underproductive cows, consider investing those dollars back into something that improves carrying capacity. We mostly do that with management, so what infrastructure are you lacking that keeps you from managing at a higher level? If stock water distribution or interior cross-fencing is currently limiting your ability to do some better grazing management, consider investing in some of that February 2022



COCA-COLA CAN I pulled my bike under the overpass, seeking refuge from the rain. Sensing someone else’s presence there I turned, and faced an old homeless man. He had to be 75 or 80 years old, I’d guess, maybe even more. His hair and beard were white, his clothes were old and worn. His teeth were gone,except for two, and clutched tightly in his hand, was a small brown paper bag, try as I might, I just could not understand. What causes a man like that to choose? To spend what little money he has on that old devil; booze. Feeling a mixture of pity and disgust I turned back to my bike, looking for that water bottle I had stowed there in my pack.

By Bill Mainer To my dismay, I found it almost empty, and as I drank it dry, I could feel that old man watching me, so I turned to find out why. “Are you still thirsty son,” he asked, “Here, why don’t you share with me?” And he reached inside that brown paper bag, for what I was sure would be, a bottle of cheap red wine, or some other rot-gut alcohol and for him to think I’d drink from a bottle of his, he sure had a lot of gall! But to my surprise, what he offered me there, in that old and calloused hand, was not a bottle of booze at all, but an un-opened Coca-Cola can! And a sense of shame swept over me, and hot tears blurred my sight. As I recalled a passage from the Bible

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about a widow’s mite. Suddenly, I realized that I had rushed through life, never pausing to take that second look. But merely glancing at the cover, and never really taking time to read the book. Then and there, I fell on my knees and I asked my God if he would hear my earnest plea, please send a blessing to this old man Lord, and, if it be thy will, send some forgiveness for me. From time to time, I often ask myself this question when I think of that old homeless man. Was that Jesus Christ there under that overpass, who quenched my thirst when he offered me drink, from a Coca-Cola can!


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•1 pound ground geef (96% lean) •1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained •1 can (14-1/2 ounces) unsalted beef broth •1 can (14-1/2 ounces) unsalted diced tomatoes •1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies or sliced jalapeño peppers • 2 tablespoons chili powder


• Sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced avocado (optional)

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1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings. Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness. 2. Stir in beans, broth, tomatoes, green chilies and chili powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes to develop flavors, stirring occasionally. Garnish with toppings, as desired. Cook’s Tip: Omit green onions and cilantro if serving to early eaters (6-7 months). Toppings like avocado and shredded cheddar cheese provide a great opportunity for providing a variety of taste and texture to this dish for early eaters. If you have questions about starting solid foods, consult your physician or health care provider.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION Inject subcutaneously as a single dose in the neck at a dosage of 2.5 mg tulathromycin and 3 mg ketoprofen/kg (1.1 mL/100 lb) bodyweight (BW). Do not inject more than 10 mL per injection site. Use this product within 56 days of the first puncture and puncture a maximum of 20 times. If more than 20 punctures are anticipated, the use of automatic injection equipment or a repeater syringe is recommended. When using a draw-off spike or needle with bore diameter larger than 16 gauge, discard any product remaining in the vial immediately after use. Table 1. DRAXXIN KP Cattle Dosing Guide Animal Weight (lb) 150 200 250 300 350 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000

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CONTRAINDICATIONS The use of DRAXXIN KP Injection is contraindicated in animals previously found to be hypersensitive to tulathromycin and ketoprofen. WITHDRAWAL PERIODS AND RESIDUE WARNINGS: Cattle must not be slaughtered for human consumption within 18 days following last treatment with this drug product. Not for use in female dairy cattle 1 year of age or older, including dry dairy cows; use in these cattle may cause drug residues in milk and/or in calves born to these cows or heifers. Not for use in beef calves less than 2 months of age, dairy calves, and veal calves. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. USER SAFETY WARNINGS: NOT FOR HUMAN USE. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides more detailed occupational safety information. To obtain a Safety Data Sheet contact Zoetis Inc. at 1-888-963-8471.

ANIMAL SAFETY WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS The effects of DRAXXIN KP on bovine reproductive performance, pregnancy, and lactation have not been determined. Not for use in reproducing animals over one year of age because reproductive safety testing has not been conducted. Administration of tulathromycin and ketoprofen injection may result in injection site swelling that appears the day after treatment and may persist for at least 32 days post-injection. This may result in trim loss of edible tissue at slaughter. As a class, cyclo-oxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs (Ketoprofen) may be associated with gastrointestinal, hepatic and renal toxicity. Sensitivity to drug-associated adverse effects varies with the individual patient. Patients at greatest risk for renal toxicity are those that are dehydrated, on concomitant diuretic therapy, or those with renal, cardiovascular, and/or hepatic dysfunction. Use judiciously when renal impairment or gastric ulceration is suspected. Since many NSAIDs possess the potential to induce gastrointestinal ulceration, concomitant use of DRAXXIN KP with other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as other NSAIDs and corticosteroids, should be avoided or closely monitored. Discontinue use if fecal blood is observed. ADVERSE REACTIONS Repeated administration of NSAIDs can result in gastric or renal toxicity. Sensitivity to drug-associated adverse effects varies with the individual patient. Patients at greatest risk for toxicity are those that are dehydrated, on concomitant diuretic therapy, or those with pre-existing gastric ulcers, renal, cardiovascular, and/or hepatic dysfunction. HOW SUPPLIED DRAXXIN KP Injection is available in the following package sizes: 50 mL vial; 100 mL vial; 250 mL vial; 500 mL vial STORAGE CONDITIONS Store at or below 25°C (77°F), with excursions up to 40°C (104°F). Protect from freezing. APPROVED BY FDA under NADA # 141-543

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Draxxin KP has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 18 days in cattle. Not for use in female dairy cattle 1 year of age or older, including dry dairy cows. Not for use in beef calves less than 2 months of age, dairy calves, and veal calves. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in animals previously found to be hypersensitive to tulathromycin and ketoprofen. See Brief Summary of Prescribing Information on the next page. *Draxxin KP animals showed a numerically improved attitude or respiratory scores compared with saline-treated and Draxxin animals post-treatment. 1

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Beef Exports and Demand Predictions for 2022 By Gregory Bloom for Cattlemen’s News We started the new year with robust demand for beef both domestically and abroad. Exports of U.S. beef set records in 2021, which you can read about on the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) website, among other places, if you want the details. My first few weeks into the new year have been very busy trying to find value-friendly beef cuts for domestic restaurant operators for them to feature on their menus. It’s been a challenge to find affordable cuts for many casual family restaurant operators. They can’t hit the margins they need with many traditionally popular middle meat steaks cuts. Their costs of doing business have increased across the board, especially food costs and labor, so they need to add more margin to every item they sell. Beef burgers continue to be the flagship item on menus that not only pay the bills for the restaurant operator but also sell well. This is despite the fact that the input cost of beef burgers continue to increase almost monthly. Most restaurants I know are paying mid $4 lb. range for good quality, locally made, fresh 80% lean fed-beef burgers. Of course the price is lower for national burger chain accounts that mix frozen imported beef trimmings with fresh domestically sourced beef trimmings. Also, operators buying from local small grinders that buy cow meat and bull meat to make burgers will have lower input costs compared to restaurants buying fresh, fed-beef sourced grinds. U.S. restaurant operators are concerned about the high prices they must now charge to stay open. Last week I spent $26 for lunch on a burger and fries, ice-water and tip at a local burger place in Denver. Many restaurants are seeing a slowdown in sales for January, and they wonder if their inflated menu prices are deterring consumers from eating out. I think we’ll see consumers eat out less during the first quarter of 2022, but as COVID Omicron concerns fade and spring weather arrives, sales will pick back up post-Easter.


Inquiries from overseas importers and distributors wanting to buy U.S. fed beef items has continued to be intense. Weekly, I am contacted by prospective overseas buyers wanting to source high-quality U.S. fed beef. The real challenge with most of these prosects is that they want to buy full containers at a time of just a few items. For example, the Chinese buyers are looking for less expensive end cuts and variety meats. Korean prospects are looking for short ribs (as always), ribeyes, variety meats and value cuts. Buyers in the E.U. want end cuts and middles, but because of the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) Program requirement and small number of USDA plants that are willing to meet the export requirements, the number of companies they can buy from is limited. Buyers in Asia and the E.U. are always searching for USDA Prime beef cuts. Overseas buyers typically want to purchase in such large quantities that only the mid-level and big beef packers will be able to service their needs. I’ve tried to find buyers that can commit to moving full sets (all of the beef cuts from a load, including the trim), but such buyers are rare. It’s a reality that only big and medium size beef packers have enough beef going through the plant each week that they can separate the cuts for exports that international customers want. There are a few niche beef producers that have their NHTC beef cattle exported to the E.U. with their own brand. The few that I know who are successful doing this pay a person fulltime to manage the box beef side of the business. It’s a fulltime job to keep the boxes moving, export paperwork completed and accounts receivable updated. I predict we will see robust demand for U.S. fed beef continue for 2022. As the available inventory of fed beef cattle declines, prices for producers will be more favorable than years prior. Packers will be forced to pay higher prices for market ready fed cattle and that will diminish their margins some, yet I believe they will remain profitable because of strong demand both in the U.S. and abroad. Gregory Bloom is the owner of U.S. Protein, an international distributor of premium meats. Contact him at

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The Importance of FFA Week By Jessica Allan for Cattlemen’s News This year we celebrate seventy-five years of FFA week. It is celebrated during the week of President George Washington’s birthday, which falls on the week of February 19-26 in 2022. Today, FFA membership stands at 735,038 student members from 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, a far cry from the 33 students representing 18 states at the first FFA Convention in 1928. One of those local chapters is located in Ash Grove, Missouri. Agricultural Instructor and FFA Advisor Nathan Isakson has been noted for his dedication to his students and innovation in teaching a hands-on subject in a world gone virtual. Nathan Isakson He truly believes the FFA Vision Statement that “FFA provides the next generation of leaders who will Payton Griffin change the world.” His students reveal he has taught that mantra well as Reporter Payton Griffin states, “FFA week is just another way of agvocating for their industry.”

years has meant the world to him. The event allows the chapter to give back to the community that has given so much to them, says Treasurer Luke Elliott. “The community has always supported the chapter and students,” says SecreLuke Elliott tary Mallory Morton, “and it feels great to show her personal appreciation to them.” Mallory Morton

Advisor Isakson leaves the planning of FFA Week exclusively to his officer team. While no two weeks are alike, a typical week would include spirit days, drive your tractor to school day, the previously mentioned community breakfast, the Governor’s FFA Week Conference, a trip to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife, and hosting their annual officer interviews. Some of these events are long standing traditions that allow the students unique ways to fellowship, serve and celebrate alongside other FFA members and the community, says Isakson.

FFA is more than another organization to these students. Words they use to describe their FFA chapter include family, relationship, and community. For Assistant Sentinel Wyatt Mitchell, it means that a bunch of hard-working agricultural kids come Wyatt Mitchell together to better their community and everyday lives for the future and in doing so, they all come together as a family. For Assistant TreaChelsey Andrus surer Chelsey Andrus, FFA means meeting new friends on a national level, challenging yourself to reach new heights, getting the chance to realize your impact on others, and accomplishing goals you never thought you could. For Assistant Secretary Kadee Sontheimer, FFA is a community that allows friendships to prosper and lifelong relationships to be made; FFA, to her, is Kadee Sontheimer the future and how agriculture will continue to impact everybody, every day. In short, as Assistant Reporter Kassidi Sanders says, they have their names on the front of their jackets because the chapter Kassidi Sanders has their backs.

Another favorite is FFA Sunday. Assistant Chaplain Laylah Doty states that she believes it shows how God really shines through all their members and what they do for the things they care about. Assistant Sentinel Mitchell agrees that it is a great time for friends and family to come together, and that getting some great food from Texas Roadhouse is just a bonus!

The Ash Grove FFA Chapter has many activities they plan for FFA week each year. President Ben Hines favorite activity is the Community Appreciation Breakfast. He is in his fourth year with FFA, and the number of attendees throughout the

When asked why it is important to celeLaylah Doty brate FFA week, Isakson states that FFA week is a special time for the community to recognize the importance and value of their local Agricultural Department. FFA can trace its beginnings back to 1917 when the Smith Hughes Act was passed. This act was the first



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“Planning these events motivates the chapter to accomplish their FFA goals as well as grow their responsibility and leadership skills,” says Chaplain Elijah Morrison.

By far, the favorite activity of this year’s officer team is the spirit days, where students can participate in such ways as wearing a Hawaiian shirt or their most patriotic apparel. Second Vice President Evelyn Carter enjoys dressing up for each day’s theme and Sentinel Kyndie Crockett says they give every student a way to participate and feel involved. As Parliamentarian SchanDona Redman says, it’s just fun!

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NATIONAL FFA WEEK Each year, FFA chapters around the countrycelebrate National FFA Week. It’s a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. What better way to show your support of FFA than to get involved in FFA Week? Whether it’s in person, on the phone or via social media, be sure to share your FFA stories during #FFAweek!

Feb. 19-26 , 2022 Continued from previous page step in advancing the concept of agricultural education as a part of our formal educational system. Agricultural education is even more important today, more than 100 years later, as society becomes ever further removed from the farm. Treasurer Elliott put it succinctly in that “FFA is the best high school organization that students can be a part of as through this organization the students are able to learn different life and career skills that are useful in any path of life.” Vice-President Ryleigh Morris says Ryleigh Morris FFA week is important to her as the students are able to gather and celebrate such an important organization and hopefully encourage other students to join FFA and take advantage of its opportunities. President Hines states that the week allows the students to get to know one another better; that while most think of FFA students as having livestock, it is actually a very diverse organization. Member’s skills range from farming to welding and gardening to creative arts. As Advisor Isakson says, “although FFA Week is a highlight of the year, any day as an FFA member is a great day!” The students message was clear as well. “FFA may mean hard work and determination, whether in the classroom or in the community,” says Reporter Griffin, “but FFA is special organization and he is proud to be a part of it.” Jessica Allan is a commercial and agricultural relationship manager and lender with Guaranty Bank in Carthage and Neosho, MO. She and her husband live in Jasper County and maintain a cattle herd with her parents in Newton County. THE NATIONAL FFA ORAGANiZATION HAS

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Crossbreeding as a Tool to Increase Profit Potential By Genna VanWye for Cattlemen’s News Crossbreeding can serve as a powerful management tool to improve productivity and efficiency within a cattle operation. Effective use of crossbreeding can result in these advantages as a result of heterosis and breed complementarity. Paired with thoughtful genetic selection decisions, these advantages can directly impact profitability within a herd. Heterosis: Heterosis, or hybrid vigor, is a measure of the superior perfor-

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mance of crossbred offspring when compared to the average performance of the parents. Heterosis occurs when different straightbred breeds are mated to produce crossbred offspring. The three types of heterosis are individual, maternal and paternal. Individual heterosis is a measure of the advantage a crossbred animal has over a purebred animal for a particular trait. The traits typically measured in individual heterosis include survivability, growth and carcass traits. Maternal heterosis is the advantage a crossbred dam has over a straightbred dam in maternal traits like fertility and mothering ability. Paternal heterosis is the advantage a crossbred sire has over a straightbred sire in relevant traits. Heterosis can be retained and added across generations and provides advantages in optimizing performance and efficiency of cattle within a particular production system. The amount of hybrid vigor expressed by an individual for a given trait will be inversely related to the heritability of that trait. This means that traits that are lowly heritable will be more affected by crossbreeding than traits that are highly heritable. So, the improvements associated with heterosis can be quite large for maternal traits that are typically lowly heritable, such as fertility, longevity and calf health. Moderately heritable traits like growth rate, birth rate, weaning weight and yearling weight will exhibit moderate effects of heterosis. Highly heritable traits like mature weight and carcass traits will be less impacted by heterosis.

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Breed Complementarity: Crossbreeding also provides an opportunity to take advantage of breed complementarity. This means capitalizing on traits that parent breeds offer by using the strengths of one breed to complement the strengths of another breed or even overcome another breed’s weaknesses. With breed complementarity in mind, producers can generate offspring that will excel in particular production environments.

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The more different the two breed types, the greater the possible heterosis. For example, a British x British breed cross will result in some heterosis, but a British x Continental breed will express more heterosis. A Bos taurus x Bos indicus cross will exhibit an even greater level of heterosis. Another relevant consideration is that an Angus x SimAngus individual will express less heterosis than an Angus crossed with another Continental breed with no Angus influence, such as Charolais. Terminal Crossbreeding: A system where both the cow herd and progeny are crossbred will increase the Continued on next page

Continued from previous page potential for greater productivity resulting from heterosis. A consideration to optimize heterosis and trait-based performance would be to separate sire selection for maternal and terminal traits. By doing this, selection intensity for each of the sire groups could be improved because no compromises are made in selection intensity for desired traits. One system that can be used to maximize heterosis in both replacement females and market-targeted calves is producing or buying F1 cross females and crossing them with a terminal sire. An F1 female is the first cross between two purebred breeds and exhibits maximum heterosis. This would require selection of two breeds that will complement each other in producing a maternal female that will excel in the given environment. By breeding this F1 female to a terminal sire of a third breed, the calves will also express maximum heterosis, and sire selection to service those F1 females can be focused solely on terminal traits like growth and carcass merit. In an instance where an operation is raising replacement females and marketing terminally-focused calves, selecting females that excel maternally to produce replacement females and breeding the remaining cows to a terminal sire breed can result in a similar effect. When production of F1 crosses is not possible year after year, crossbreeding systems like a two-breed or three-breed rotation can help retain heterosis across generations.

progeny that will complement an operation’s goals. Crossbreeding has advantages that gives producers the ability to improve efficiency and productivity, increasing practicality while driving profit potential.

Genna VanWye is a graduate research assistant at the University of Missouri.

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Important considerations: • The benefits of heterosis cannot overcome low quality genetics. In other words, it is still important to select high-merit sires and dams within each breed used in the crossbreeding program. Crossing a low-merit animal with a low-merit animal will not magically produce a high-merit crossbred. • Not all breeds will complement each other. A crossbreeding system that is not well thought out can create problems in efficiency and decrease profitability. • Straightbreeding leaves potential performance on the table, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build a profitable commercial program around straightbred cattle. If using straightbred cattle in a commercial operation, it will be necessary to capture some kind of premium when animals are marketed in order to offset the decreased productivity of straightbred versus crossbred cattle. One example could be retaining ownership on straightbred, high-carcass merit calves and marketing them on a grid that has specific breed requirements. Depending on the performance of that breed and the added-value of the grid, straightbreeding could prove to be a profitable strategy despite leaving some potential animal productivity on the table.

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KOMA Beef Cattle Conference in Mount Vernon, Mo. on February 24th; Preregister by February 18 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from the University of Missouri Extension Stockton, Mo. - “It is important to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist. Extension services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas are providing a joint conference titled the KOMA Beef Cattle Conference. This year’s Missouri portion of the conference will be held on February 24, 2022, beginning at 4 p.m. at the MU Southwest Research Extension and Education Center in Mount Vernon, Mo.

“Speakers will be from the University of Missouri and Oklahoma State University,” says Davis. This year’s conference presenters and presentations are as follows: • Dr. Derrell Peel, Charles Breedlove Professorship of Agribusiness in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics - Economics and market outlook of post weaning development of calves to slaughter • Dr. Eric Bailey, Assistant Professor and State Beef Extension Specialist, MU Extension - Stocker cattle feed ing and management • Dr. Derek Brake, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutritionist, MU Animal Science Research Center - Finishing cattle, feeding and management

February 24th at 4:00 p. m. MU Southwest Research Extension and Education Center 14538 State Rd H, Mount Vernon, MO 65712

The KOMA (Four-State) Beef Cattle Conference is a joint effort by the Extension Services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. It is designed to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization.

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Dr. Derrell Peel •

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Charles Breedlove Professorship of Agribusiness in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics Economics and market outlook of post weaning development of calves to slaughter

Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutritionist, MU Animal Science Research Center Finishing cattle feeding and management

Booth spaces for the event are limited so booths will be allocated on a first come first serve basis Booths will be arranged on the outside of the large meeting room Size of the booth space will be 10 ft and you need to bring tables, and/or extension cords Participants in the conference will be able to visit the booths during registration from 4:00 pm to 4:30 p. m. and during supper which will be from 5:30 p. m. to 6:30 p. m. You will be announced as a supporter during the conference and be in the brochure that is passed out to meeting participants. This conference allows you to reach out to beef cattle producers from across the area and forge beneficial relationships between your business and cattle producers.

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Cost is $100 and you will receive 1 booth space and 3 meal tickets

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Cost is $75 and you will receive 1 booth space and 2 meal tickets

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Cost is $50 and you will receive 1 booth space and 1 meal ticket

The evening will include a catered meal with your registration. “Agriculture businesses that support the event will have booths set up. Attendees can visit and learn how their products can help improve their beef cattle operation,” says Davis. In order to attend the event, register and pay the fee prior to February 18. Fee for the event is $30 per person. No refunds for cancellations after the registration deadline. No walk-in registration allowed. Register online at https:// extension.missouri. edu/events/2022-koma-beef-cattle-conference. Or you may mail your registration and payment to the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 113 South Street, Stockton, Mo. 65785, by the deadline. For all other conference questions, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or by email at

INDUSTRY NEWS Spring Online Beef Cattle Production Management Workshop Series to begin February 28; preregister by February 27 For Immediate Release from the University of Missouri Extension Stockton, Mo. - MU Extension regional livestock and agronomy field specialists have put together a four-night online beef cattle production management workshop series to educate cattle producers on various pasture and cattle management strategies for optimum performance of their cattle operation. “Management is key to profitability in a cattle operation,” says Patrick Davis, MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist.

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The workshop series will be on the evenings of February 28, March 8, 14 and 21. Each evening’s session will begin at 7:00 p.m. The topics covered over the 4 nights will include:

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-Forage and pasture management for spring and summer cattle grazing -Spring and summer cattle grazing management -Cattle reproductive management for the upcoming breeding season -Cow and heifer management -Bull management

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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Program is FREE to the public but to attend register online at by February 27. These workshops will be done on the ZOOM platform so once you register a ZOOM link will be provided so that you can attend each workshop. Each evening’s workshop will be recorded, converted to a YouTube video and the link will be sent out to all registered participants. For all other questions or issues related to registration contact Patrick Davis at or by phone at (417) 276-3313.

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Applications Open for Missouri Century Farms If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1922, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. University of Missouri Extension (MU), the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Missouri Farm Bureau sponsor the program. The application deadline to be recognized as a 2022 Missouri Century Farm is May 1, 2022. To qualify, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. A $140 fee covers the cost of a certificate, a metal farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. County MU Extension centers present these items. Details and online application are at Deadline is May 1, 2022. You can also contact your local MU Extension center with questions.

IP 13 is Collecting Signatures. IP 13 has a feature on its website to collect signatures. This will make it easier for IP 13 supporters to gather the needed signatures quickly and with much less expense. If IP 13 is voted into law by the people of Oregon, animal agriculture, hunting, fishing and animal breeding practices will be illegal. Only 112,0000 signatures are needed to get it on the November 2022 ballot for vote by the people. IP 13 proposes significant changes in the state’s criminal laws governing animals and it will eliminate common-sense exceptions for animal food production, breeding, animal husbandry, hunting and fishing. • Treatment of livestock transported by owner or common carrier

IP 13 Would Effectively Make Any Injury To An Animal Arising From The Following Activities A Crime:

• Rodeos or similar exhibitions • Commercially grown poultry • Use of good animal husbandry practices • Slaughtering of livestock in compliance with state law • Fishing, hunting and trapping otherwise lawful under state law • Wildlife management practices under color of law • Lawful scientific or agricultural research or teaching that involves the use of animals • Reasonable measures to control of vermin or pests • Reasonable handling and training techniques

Animal extremists are behind this ballot initiative. The underlying language and motive comes from radical animal extremist ideology to entirely dismantle all animal agriculture, research, clothing, and even the ownership of pets. The ideology of radical animal extremists is the belief that animal ownership is akin to slavery and therefore abuse.

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60 – black and black baldies, 1st calf heifers, 9 have calves on the ground, more by sale day, heifers weigh 1000 and bred to low birth weight black and Red Angus bulls. FMI JR. Smith 870-373-1150.

75 – black & Red Angus cows, 4 to 7 years old, bred to a black Angus or Charolais, will start calving March 15th. FMI Bryon Haskins 417-850-4382.

13 – Brangus cross cows, 4-6 years old, bred 5-8 months, bred to balancer bulls. FMI Jason Pendleton 417-437-4552.

50 – black and black white face cows, bred to a black Angus bull, 3 to 8 years old, with 6 calves presently and more by sale, complete dispersal, cattle are home-raised. FMI Bryon Haskins 417-850-4382.

15 – Angus heifers, bred to LBW Angus bull, start calving in March. FMI Tim Durman 417-438-3541.

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